Becoming Matisse

“The Greatest Gift of the Masters”. 1890–1911

  • Edited by Patrice Deparpe
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 24 x 30 cm
  • Pages 368
  • Illustrations 400
  • Language French, English
  • Year 2019
  • ISBN 9788836644186
  • Price € 35,00  € 33,25
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To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse (1869–1954), the museum founded by the artist in his hometown of Le Cateau-Cambrésis in 1952 pays tribute to the Northerner who became the greatest master of the 20th century with the exhibition Becoming Matisse – “The Greatest Gift of the Masters”. 1890–1911.
Do you think you know everything about Matisse’s work? This catalogue sheds light on the first twenty years of his career, a period never before revealed so completely, from the early works after his discovery of painting in 1890 and his years of academic training all the way to his own school in Paris, where he taught until 1911. Focusing on these formative years of crucial importance for his identity, it reveals how he became a painter and dissects the creative process of a man who copied the great masters of the past, drawing both on them and on his contemporaries in order to turn all the rules upside down and establish his position alongside those whose works he contemplated. The catalogue presents emblematic works made available by exceptional and unprecedented loans from the Matisse family and international cultural institutions to the accompaniment of studies by experts on Matisse.

Cateau-Cambrésis, Musée Matisse, November 2019 - February 2020